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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 5/24/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
PITTSBURGH  NOVA )
 
CINCINNATI  CASTILLO )
+1.5  -210

-1.5  +175
+100

-110

8.5un
 
4
Final
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PITTSBURGH (27 - 21) at CINCINNATI (17 - 33)
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Thursday, 5/24/2018 12:35 PM
IVAN NOVA (R) vs. LUIS CASTILLO (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
901PITTSBURGH+120Ov 8.5,-125+100Ov 8.5,-105
902CINCINNATI-130Un 8.5,+105-110Un 8.5,-115
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games27-21+3.324-194.80.2590.3290.4230.7524.40.2500.3090.3940.703
Road Games12-12+0.411-104.50.2430.3040.4090.7135.00.2610.3220.4090.731
vs Right-handed Starters21-17+2.616-174.70.2540.3240.4100.7334.30.2380.3020.3710.673
Past 7 Games3-4-2.33-43.40.2460.3310.3810.7124.90.2460.2860.3890.675
Grass Games27-21+3.324-194.80.2590.3290.4230.7524.40.2500.3090.3940.703
Day Games13-6+6.58-95.20.2640.3330.4360.7693.70.2230.2790.3630.642
Division11-4+8.26-75.90.2770.3540.4580.8133.90.2320.2950.3480.643
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.80.2590.3294816504288513530.4232221713591934838264223
Road Games4.50.2430.30424848206336320.40910374197101572114209
Righty Starters4.70.2540.3243813163346011410.4101711362841628031213316
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.941.373164.77972164136218111-711664.7%
Road Games4.891.42984.74846885331005-57370%

CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games17-33-12.221-274.00.2390.3120.3660.6785.10.2650.3380.4430.781
Home Games8-19-1111-153.90.2230.3060.3570.6645.40.2640.3420.4460.787
vs Right-handed Starters12-24-8.814-214.10.2470.3180.3660.6845.20.2600.3390.4410.779
Past 7 Games3-4-0.32-43.40.1920.2670.2910.5585.40.2980.3940.4740.868
Grass Games17-33-12.221-274.00.2390.3120.3660.6785.10.2650.3380.4430.781
Day Games6-13-5.48-103.10.2040.2830.3240.6084.60.2570.3350.4460.781
Division5-19-13.38-152.90.2060.2900.2870.5785.50.2790.3660.4630.829
CINCINNATI - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.00.2390.312501700406774440.3661961804231937145324224
Home Games3.90.2230.30627898200392260.357101108246919722162516
Righty Starters4.10.2470.318361249309553290.3661451303171728629242820
CINCINNATI - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.951.371198.3938718219901907-99469.2%
Home Games4.581.500108575510812541003-53442.9%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PITTSBURGH - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/11/2018TAILLON(R)SAN FRANCISCOSUAREZ(L)11-2W-1208 unO15529120
5/12/2018KUHL(R)SAN FRANCISCOSAMARDZIJA(R)6-5W-1208.5 evO8701090
5/13/2018NOVA(R)SAN FRANCISCOHOLLAND(L)0-5L-1509 unU71101380
5/15/2018WILLIAMS(R)CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R)7-0W-1459 unU1080770
5/16/2018TAILLON(R)CHI WHITE SOXSANTIAGO(L)3-2W-1758 evU4708101
5/17/2018KUHL(R)SAN DIEGOLAUER(L)5-4W-1358 ovO980961
5/18/2018NOVA(R)SAN DIEGOROSS(R)2-3L-1257.5 unU8131640
5/19/2018KINGHAM(R)SAN DIEGORICHARD(L)2-6L-1357.5 unO8421050
5/20/2018WILLIAMS(R)SAN DIEGOLYLES(R)5-8L-1408 ovO10121930
5/22/2018TAILLON(R)@ CINCINNATIHARVEY(R)2-7L-1309.5 evU680940
5/23/2018KUHL(R)@ CINCINNATIBAILEY(R)5-4W-1159.5 evU1515111130
5/24/2018NOVA(R)@ CINCINNATICASTILLO(R) 
5/25/2018MUSGROVE(R)ST LOUISGANT(R) 
5/26/2018WILLIAMS(R)ST LOUISFLAHERTY(R) 
5/27/2018TAILLON(R)ST LOUISMIKOLAS(R) 
5/28/2018KUHL(R)CHICAGO CUBSCHATWOOD(R) 
5/29/2018NOVA(R)CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L) 
5/30/2018 CHICAGO CUBS  
5/31/2018 @ ST LOUIS  

CINCINNATI - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/10/2018MAHLE(R)@ LA DODGERSBUEHLER(R)4-1W1557.5 evU961481
5/11/2018HARVEY(R)@ LA DODGERSMAEDA(R)6-2W1828.5 unU10100550
5/12/2018BAILEY(R)@ LA DODGERSSTRIPLING(R)5-3W1658.5 evU139012111
5/13/2018CASTILLO(R)@ LA DODGERSHILL(L)5-3W1407.5 evO9112522
5/14/2018ROMANO(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOSTRATTON(R)7-10L1258 ovO136214101
5/15/2018MAHLE(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOBLACH(L)3-5L1208 unP7501171
5/16/2018HARVEY(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOSUAREZ(L)6-3W1358 evO9401290
5/18/2018BAILEY(R)CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)1-8L+1559.5 unU23115140
5/19/2018CASTILLO(R)CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)5-4W+1109 evP810012141
5/19/2018ROMANO(R)CHICAGO CUBSQUINTANA(L)0-10L+1509 evO3501190
5/20/2018MAHLE(R)CHICAGO CUBSDARVISH(R)1-6L+1259 ovU3611090
5/22/2018HARVEY(R)PITTSBURGHTAILLON(R)7-2W+1209.5 evU940680
5/23/2018BAILEY(R)PITTSBURGHKUHL(R)4-5L+1059.5 evU1113015151
5/24/2018CASTILLO(R)PITTSBURGHNOVA(R) 
5/25/2018ROMANO(R)@ COLORADOGRAY(R) 
5/26/2018MAHLE(R)@ COLORADOANDERSON(L) 
5/27/2018HARVEY(R)@ COLORADOMARQUEZ(R) 
5/28/2018BAILEY(R)@ ARIZONAKOCH(R) 
5/29/2018CASTILLO(R)@ ARIZONAGODLEY(R) 
5/30/2018 @ ARIZONA  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PITTSBURGH: 2017 75-87, fourth place
MANAGER Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: OF Corey Dickerson, LHP Kyle Crick, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, 3B Colin Moran
SUBTRACTIONS: CF Andrew McCutchen, RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Daniel Hudson, C Chris Stewart, 1B John Jaso, RHP Joaquin Benoit
OUTLOOK: General Manager Neal Huntington insists the Pirates are not rebuilding, but it certainly looks that way after they flipped franchise cornerstones McCutchen and Cole for less expensive and less proven talent. The Pirates did nothing in free agency, though they were able to grab Dickerson -- an All-Star for Tampa Bay last season -- in February. Dickerson's arrival gives Pittsburgh some stability in the outfield, but the Pirates still have some serious power issues outside of Bell, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Pittsburgh finished 29th in the majors in home runs in 2017, and while McCutchen and Dickerson's numbers are comparable, the rest of the lineup isn't exactly imposing. If Marte can put his suspension-marred 2017 behind him, if Polanco and his hamstrings can stay healthy, if Moran proves he can do more than spell Freese at third, and if Taillon, Kuhl and Williams all improve, Pittsburgh could be competitive. That's a lot of "ifs," probably a few too many.
CINCINNATI: 2017 68-94, fifth place
MANAGER Bryan Price (fifth season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Jared Hughes, RHP David Hernandez
SUBTRACTIONS: SS Zack Cozart, RHP Bronson Arroyo, RHP Tim Adleman
OUTLOOK: The Reds launched into a major rebuild in 2015 and have lost at least 90 games for three consecutive seasons while finishing last in the NL Central all three years. They locked up Suarez through 2024 with a $66 million contract during spring training -- their first significant deal during the rebuild -- but are still at least a year away from looking for an upgrade through free agency. The everyday lineup will score enough runs to keep games competitive, but pitching is the sore point again. It would be considered a breakthrough simply to move out of last place.
PREVIEW
Reds hope to continue mastery of Pirates' Nova
 

Ivan Nova must have looked at the Pittsburgh Pirates' pitching plans a week or so ago and said to himself, "The Cincinnati Reds? Not again."

The Reds (17-33) own the National League's worst record, but have done a number on Nova. They'll try to do another one Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park when Nova and Reds right-hander Luis Castillo match up to close out the three-game National League Central series.

Josh Harrison's RBI triple in the 12th was the key hit as the Pirates squandered a 4-0 lead but still evened the series with a 5-4, viictory Wednesday night. While the Reds rallied, they couldn't convert in several late-inning clutch situations.

Rookie Brandon Dixon, called up Monday, struck out with the bases loaded to end the eighth, was called out for interference while trying to put down a sacrifice bunt in the 11th, then grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game after the Reds put runners on first and third with no one out in the 12th.

Cincinnati also had the potential winning run on second in the 11th.

"It was a weird game, but (we) made the right pitches at the right time," said Harrison, who is from Cincinnati. "There's no place like home, and when I'm playing before my family, I always like to play well."

Nova is considered the Pirates' top starter, but can't seem to beat the Reds -- well, at least recently. He was 0-4 against them against in 2017-- four of his losses during an 11-14 season were to one team -- and he's lost five consecutive decisions to them dating to a 4-1, complete-game victory over Cincinnati on Sept. 8, 2016.

He is 3-6 with a 4.47 ERA against the Reds, figuring in the decision in all nine starts.

The right-handed Nova (2-4, 4.79 ERA) also is struggling of late, losing his last three decisions and going winless in his last six starts. He hasn't won since April 15, when he allowed three runs over six innings while defeating the Miami Marlins 7-3.

Nova didn't get much help in his most recent start, a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday in which the Pirates stranded 13 runners and went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position. He gave up three runs (two earned) and six hits over six innings.

The Padres' key hit against Nova was Eric Hosmer's two-out, check-swing double in the sixth, which led to Franchy Cordero's RBI single.

"Curveball down and away, check-swing double, not too much to talk about there," Nova said. "What can you do about it? Maybe make a better pitch, who knows? It was off the plate. He just checked (his) swing and hit a double. Nothing you can do about it."

Just like Nova seems to get nothing done whenever he faces the Reds.

The 25-year-old Castillo is pitching better than his numbers -- 3-4 record, 5.61 ERA -- would suggest. He received a no-decision his last time out, a 5-4, 11-inning Reds victory over the Chicago Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, but the Reds have won his last three starts and four of his last five. He's also won his last two decisions.

However, Castillo is 0-2 in three career starts against the Pirates, including a 14-3 defeat in Pittsburgh on April 6 in which the game got away from the bullpen after he permitted four runs and six hits in five innings.

Nova has a track record -- most of it not good -- against a number of Reds batters. Tucker Barnhart is 6-for-15, Eugenio Suarez is 7-for-18 and Scott Schebler is 7-for-19 with one homer and four RBIs. Adam Duvall is 5-for-20 with a homer and three RBIs, Joey Votto is 7-for-26 with one homer and five RBIs and Scooter Gennett is 1-for-11.

The Pirates' Colin Moran is 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs against Castillo, but Harrison is 0-for-8, and Josh Bell and Jordy Mercer are each 1-for-6.

The Reds will be without closer Raisel Iglesias, who went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left biceps. The Reds got back right-hander Michael Lorenzen, who strained a muscle near his right shoulder during spring training. He pitched in 70 games for them last season, and worked a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday.


Last Updated: 12/17/2018 3:18:53 AM EST


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